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March 27, 2010

Searchlight: In for the Kill

Searchlight Tea Party photo.jpg

This speaks to the fine line the Teabaggers are treading between protesting and advocating violence. Here, the hammer-and-sickle look enough like a symbol, rather than the letter “C,” to make the sign start out reading like a death threat. And because the media, at the start of this Congressional recess, is already fixated on these so-called “showdowns,” the public is likely to be inundated with this kind of conscious and unconscious Tea Party messaging for several weeks.

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